Practice of Ultrasound: Part 21 -- Situs inversus March 3, 2015 -- In the next installment of his series on the practice of ultrasound, Dr. Jason Birnholz discusses using sonography to identify situs inversus, a congenital condition in which a patient's organs are reversed. Although it is rare, ultrasound professionals should be prepared to identify the condition.
Siemens readies new handheld ultrasound unit for ECR March 2, 2015 -- Handheld ultrasound systems represent a rapidly growing segment of the ultrasound market, and prospective purchasers will soon have an additional entrant to consider. Siemens Healthcare will unveil Acuson P500, a new handheld ultrasound platform, at this week's European Congress of Radiology (ECR) in Vienna.
Ultrasound + lab tests can reliably spot pediatric appendicitis February 24, 2015 -- Combining blood tests with sonography findings significantly outperformed ultrasound alone for diagnosing or ruling out pediatric appendicitis, and the combination could also reduce the number of CT scans in children, according to research published online in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons.
Making a Difference as a Sonographer: Foam rolling February 17, 2015 -- With the combination of a heavy work schedule and the physical demands of the job, many sonographers find that their bodies start to fall apart. To combat the resulting pain and fatigue from achy knees, stiff backs, and painful shoulders, you need to use recovery techniques proactively.
Ultrasound Doppler mode detects low-grade MSK inflammation February 17, 2015 -- A new Doppler ultrasound technique can provide better visualization of low-grade inflammation in joints and tendons than power Doppler ultrasound, yielding clinical information that often influences patient management, a team of U.K. researchers recently found.
Radiology in India: Trends in medical imaging technology February 9, 2015 -- We continue our series on radiology in India with a new article from Dr. Saurabh Jha on the diffusion of medical imaging technology in the country. Dr. Jha explains the various segments of the Indian healthcare sector and reviews the market prospects for each imaging modality.
MR/ultrasound fusion biopsy shines in prostate cancer January 27, 2015 -- Prostate cancer biopsy with a targeted technique that fuses MR and ultrasound images outperformed traditional extended-sextant ultrasound-guided biopsy, identifying more high-risk cancers and fewer low-risk malignancies, according to research published in the January 27 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
US-guided biopsy performs well for evaluating bone neoplasms January 21, 2015 -- Ultrasound-guided biopsy of bone neoplasms yields similar accuracy to CT-guided biopsy for evaluating primary and metastatic bone lesions, while saving money, offering patient convenience, and avoiding radiation dose, according to research from the Henry Ford Health System.
Making a Difference as a Sonographer Echocardiographer Doug Wuebben shares the story of a sonographer who battled severe work-related injuries. Her story is all too familiar, but there are steps those in her shoes can take.